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theorbo

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noun the·or·bo \thē-ˈȯr-(ˌ)bō\

Definition of theorbo

plural theorbos

  1. :  a stringed instrument of the 17th century resembling a large lute but having an extra set of long bass strings



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Origin of theorbo

modification of Italian tiorba, teorba


First Known Use: 1605


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